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Oct 6, 2012 6:00pm EDT
after john kennedy was assassinated, so that even the editors of the new york times, who had not quite, you know, been culturally aton--tuned to elvis, decided that we should send someone to report on the funeral. and i drew that assignment. what a scene it was. c-span: you--you say in the book that you got in the cab and you said, 'take me to graceland.' the cabbie peels out of the airport doing 80 and then turns full around to the backseat and drawls, 'ain't it a shame elvis had to die while the shriners are in town?' >> guest: that's exactly what he said. 'shame elvis had to die while the shriners are in town.' and i kind of raised by eyebrows. and sure enough, i realized what he--what he meant after i had been there for awhile because, you know, shriners in convention--i don't know if you've ever seen a whole lot of shriners in convention, but they were having a huge national convention that very week in memphis. and they tend to wear their little red fezzes, and sometimes they drink too much and they march around the hotel hallways tooting on new year's eve horns and riding those
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